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have thought that gun control would be such a central part of the debate in president obama's second term? picking up on that, how much of what actually gets done is just sort of the circumstances that occur, the events and crises that draw our attention and how much is presidential skill or the political set of facts in terms of who controls the senate and congress. what is really driving our policy? >> it has been a combination of all those things. that's what's interesting. if you look at smart presidents like lyndon baines johnson became masterful manipulators of the political process to pass legislation including civil rights law that anyone thought was possible. and i think no one would have thought it was even possible to discuss gun control legislation and immigration at the same time at the beginning of barack obama's first term. and yet circumstances changed. in the immigration law, what is driving all this is clearly the poll numbers. that's all that is behind this whole gang of 8 legislative effort. so i think a new sort of deal of the cards, if you will. a new seventh ci
obama is meeting with his cabinet, his national security team, and counterterrorism advisers. that will happen tonight. the fbi is leading a massive investigation. you know, we can almost see it going on all around us, looking into what may have caused this twin set of bombings. and many people have been questioned. moments ago we heard from a man who witnessed the death of one of the bomb victims. that victim an 8-year-old who was killed. he has been identified as martin richard. his father ran in the marathon. the son was there to give him a hug at the end of the race, and now that family which also has suffered many injuries are in mourning. cnn's pamela brown is with me now to tell that part of the story. >> john, the witness i spoke with still in a state of shock today. he was 50 to 75 yards from yesterday's explosions. he says there is one image in particular he cannot get out of his head, that of a little boy on the ground right after the second explosion and now he believes that was 8-year-old martin richard. here's what he had to say. >> when you're in such shock you
't yet been interrogated. also why hasn't the obama administration declared the wounded terrorist to be an enemy combatant? he will not be treated as an enemy combatant. we will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice under u.s. law the united states citizens cannot be tried in military commissions the. >> bill: well some constitutional experts dispute mr. cancery's statement if you partner up with a foreign terrorist organization you become part of that. it's about interrogation not about trial "wall street journal" has by far the most section tonight left one bomber dead, one police officer dead and other bomber gravely wounded. joining us from boston brian bender "boston globe" reporter and craner. let's pick it up ms. cram kramer with the two suspects in cambridge around 10:00 p.m. thursday night. take it from there. >> yes. that's when the chaos essentially began. what happened was they come upon officer sean collier, for reasons we do not understand yet and may never understand they open fire on him. the word that has been used for that was an assassi
eric holder, janet napolitano, key members of president obama's cabinet all coming together to talk with him at the white house to update him with what's going on in washington. we have seen some of the roar reactions -- other reactions going on. there was a moment of silence at all major league baseball games last night. we're told there will be another moment of silence at all baseball games tonight. the new york stock exchange paused for a moment of silence before trading began. all around the country and the world we're seeing people respond to what is happening here, not only on the criminal investigation but also on a very human scale. >> emily, i know you were talking about that very key piece of information, they do not believe there are any additional threats but the crime scene will likely be there for a few days. >> reporter: can you let us know-- how does it feel there? people i imagine are on edge. >> reporter: on edge. you take a look behind me and you think it's any normal day or place. people are about to enjoy a beautiful tuesday april morning. howf, you go over --
images of two suspects in the boston bombings and president obama issues the rallying message for a proud city. >> this time nextear, on the third monday april, the world will return to this great american city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder. thelosion with power of an earthquake ripped through a texas town, killing as many as 15 people. and strike up the orchestra, the make history woman by conducting the last night at the pops. viewers on public television in america and around the globe. in boston, the fbi has given a press briefing on the investigation into the bombings at the boston marathon. they released photographs of two suspects and called on the public to help identify the man they described as armed and dangerous. we can go live now to boston. extraordinary amount of detail coming out on the state of this investigation. >> yes, and t pretty clear images of the people the fbi described as suspects, people that wanted to talk to. very clear language there, and also very clear warning from the fbi that they considered these men to be extremely dangerous. not tr
roger wicker and the other was sent to president barack obama. they both can takened powdery substances. we're learning this from an fbi operations bulletin that went out we exclusively obtained. the it confirms both letters were sent from memphis, tennessee on april 8th. they contained the following message. to see iran and not expose it to become a silent partner to its continuance. both letters were signed, i am kc and i approved this message. the initial tests on the wicker letter were positive for ricin. we don't know what any test results were on the obama letter. both letters were intercepted before they reached their intended address, the u.s. capitol building and the white house. moments ago, senator minority leader mitch mcconnell says that means that security systems that have been put in place worked. >> i would like to recognize the postal and law enforcement officials for their excellent work in detecting and preventing this threat before it even reached the capitol. they proved the proactive measures we put in place do in fact work. >> reporter: and this fbi operations bu
the bombings. president obama marked the moment of silence from the white house. the u.s. senate held a similar tribute on capitol hill. it is still unclear what impact the boston bombings will have on the immigration debate in congress. but the topic of national security is clearly playing a more prominent role in the discussion. things got tense on capitol hill yesterday when senator chuck schumer sparred republican senator chuck grassley about the future of the legislation. take a look. >> a few ways to improve the bill all for an amendment when we start mark-up in may and let's vote on it. i say that particularly those who were pointing to what happened. the terrible tragedy in boston as a -- i would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months oer years. >> i never said that. >> i didn't say you did, sir. >> i didn't say -- >> i didn't say you did. i don't mean you, mr. grassley. >> mr. chairman, i don't appreciate the senator demeaning the witnesses that have come here. >> earlier, senator patrick leahy who chairs the judiciary committee opened the hearing with some tough
. the fbi is on the case. president obama saying yesterday that we will track down whoever was responsible and make sure that they feel the full weight of justice. we'll bring you updates on boston throughout the morning at the same time updates on what's happening here in our nation's capital where comprehensive immigration reform is unveiled today and senators in the senate still scrambling for votes on gun safety. all of that and more on current tv. support the drug war you must be high. cenk uygur: i think the number one thing viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. i think the audience gets that i actually mean it. michael shure: this show is about being up to date so a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. joy behar: you can say anything here. jerry springer: i spent a couple of hours with a hooker joy behar: your mistake was writing a check jerry springer: she never cashed it (vo) the day's events. four very unique points of view. tonight starting at 6 eastern. alright, in 15 minutes we're going to do the young turks. i think
people who are responsible for this. >> monday evening president of barack obamas urged americans not to jump to conclusions but promised justice. >> machel and i send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in wake of this senseless loss. >> a white house official tells cnn president obama received updates all night about what has happened in boston. we are expecting our next update on the fbi. a briefing is scheduled at 930 this morning. >> reporting in boston. >> we are hearii am emily schmi >> we are hearing more reaction from those at the scene of the bombings in boston. here's a phone interview with an eye witness describes the scene. she was near the finish line when the bomb went off. >> i have never heard a noise as loud as that in my entire life. i felt the ground shake like nothing ever before. it was checking for two hours after it happened. i was so shaking up literally. about 25 seconds later i realized i should turn and see what happened. i looked up and saw smoke and everyone screaming and running in different directions. it was utter chaos.
that kind of situation? >> we have a commitment to president obama that those individuals will be detained. what i have said to the chairman and the chain of command is that were afghanistan not to meet their commitment we would have a real operational policy issues to address at that particular time. i think we changed fundamentally the nature of our operations and certainly change the support we might provide to afghanistan in the future. we have an agreement with afghanistan to keep those people detained. were they to violate that commitment i am satisfied that would be a significant change in our relationship and the nature of our operations. >> thank you, general. i want the follow-up on the questions that senator iumenthal ask you about -- appreciated your testimony. sponsor of the contractor enemy permission. as a result of that we have introduced legislation called"never contractinfg with the enemy." made significant progress. to fill in some of the gaps, including dropping the contract level from 100,000 to 20,000, as you had mentioned earlier, it is not just the dot that is contr
hearing on their use abroad. as a candidate in 2008, barack obama rode to office with sharp criticism of president bush and his anti-terror policies. in the days and years since the first strikes, president obama is estimated to have ordered five times as many drone strikes as the bush administration. and although the strikes have been credited with decimating al qaeda, they've also been executed entirely in secret and without judicial oversite. a policy that differs significantly with what the president has told the american people. >> i am not somebody who believes that the president has the authority to do whatever he wants or whatever she wants whenever they want, just under the guise of counterterrorism. >> today's hearings will address proposals to increase their transparency. for a president who voted against the wars in iraq and won the nobel peace prize, his policy on drones have come as a surprise to many. the president's hawkishness has not been universal. that was apparent this week when the president ignored calls from gop hawks to hold a suspect of the boston bombings, d
court and the statement taken from him cannot be used against him in that trial. >> while the obama administration has agreed to delay a reading of his miranda rights under a public safety exemption, secretary of defense chuck hagel has not seen evidence to link the bombings to terror groups. scrutiny turns to the fbi who reportedly questioned the older brother tamerlan in 2011 at the request of a foreign government. this is so interesting. of russia. the fbi told the a.p. despite interviewing him and relatives they did not find any activity. the agency dropped the ball. richard, i wonder if there is going to be a lot of questions and maybe even hearings out of this or what comes to mind just knowing those basic facts? >> there probably will be hearings of the fbi whether it learned more or could have done more. critics say that is monday morning quarterbacking. it ought to be about what we were talking about, what can we do to prevent or identify young people who are radicalized and how did we respond and how what did we learn about lockdowns. as the military would say it ought not
and evidence collects teams have been brought in from new york. at the white house president obama vowed it will be a swift and thorough search for whomever planted the device. >> anyresponsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: police questioned man who was injured and being treated in a boston hospital. the investigators say he's not considered a suspect nora person of interest. and so far police are still not commenting on the specific aspects of their investigation. however, we do know they spent seven hours in revere, massachusetts. not too far from where we stand right now. and going through an apartment building. they were seen bringing out evidence bags to their cars p however, no arrests were made. th charisma loan. now back to you. >>> we are learning more this morning about the little boy who may be the youngest victim to lose his life in yesterday's attack. this is 8 year old martin richard. our sister station in boston is reporting that martin was watching his father finish the race when he was killed in that blast. his father is suffering a severe br
to president obama, vice president biden for their leadership and standing strong and continuing to fight for a safer america. i would like to say they're see forhank you to the senators legislation that would keep guns out of hand and save lives. they stood by us right from the beginning. they were with us. we will not be defeated. we are not defeated. we will not be defeated. we are here now. we will always be here. we have no other choice. we are not going away. every day more people are killed in this country because of gun violence. our determination grows stronger. we leave washington hoping that others, both here and across the country, will join us in making the sandy hook promise. i pledge that we have great hope that more senators will take literally. i would like to end i repeating the sandy hook thomas begins, our hearts are broken. our spirits is not. thank you. it is now my great pleasure to introduce the president of the united states of america, barack obama. >> good job. , in few months ago response to too many tragedies, including the shootings of a u.s. congressman, gab
the obama administration changed the way the war is prosecuted. ordering the pentagon who stop using the term global war on terror. instead calling it an overseas contingency operation. the president's current cia director raised eyebrows when he declared jihad is not necessary lay bad thing. >> as americans, we refuse to live in feemplet nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or islamists because jihad is a holy struggle a legitimate tenet of islam. >> our president says we have a war on al qaeda not a war on terror. >> that's ridiculous. this is ideologically based war which ideology that unfortunately emerges from a religion. >> critics say it comes down to semantics whether the administration considers this a war, involving enemy combatants or a law enforcement challenge. bret? >> bret: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. thank you. much more on all of this with the panel tonight, an expanded panel. president obama will attend a memorial service thursday for the victims of the west texas fertilizer plant explosion. 14 people were killed in last week's blast and dozens more
. >>> first up tonight, president obama will travel to boston thursday for an interfaith service with bombing victims. more than 24 hours after two bombs ripped through marathon crowds killing three, wounding 170 others, investigators are still no closer to answers. late this afternoon, the fbi said no claims of responsibility have been received, and the search for suspects is wide open. deborah boxdy joins us now from boston with all of the latest. good evening, deborah. >> reporter: good evening, larry. i'm live here along boylston street in the heart of boston, about four blocks or so away from the marathon's finish line, where those two bombs exploded just one day ago. security around the city remains extremely tight, as people try to move on after that devastating attack. three people died, including 8-year-old martin richard of dorchester, massachusetts. more than 170 others were hurt. some of them losing limbs. earlier today, authorities began processing that crime scene, which now stretches about 12 city blocks. they detailed some of the evidence found at the scene during an evening n
villalon, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> president obama called the deadly bombings an act of terror today. it's a phrase he avoided yet when the investigation was still in flux. >> this is a cowardly act, given what we have learned, the defense department is calls it an act of terror. >> reporter: the president is scheduled to travel to boston on thursday and attend an interfaith service as police and other law enforcement remain on high alert. >>> the stories of those who died are coming to light. those killed include an 8-year- old, martin richards. he was a spectator at the race along with his parents, father and sister. also killed crystal campbell of arlington. she's being remembered for her generous spirit. crystal had been going to watch the marathon since she was a little girl. the third victim was a gradual student. she was from china. the consulate refused to release her name at the request of her family. crystal's mother struggled with her emotions as she remembered a woman who was full of life. >> she was always smiling. i can't believe this is happening. she was such a hard worke
in boston. reporting live in san francisco, deborah villalon, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> president obama called the deadly bombings an act of terror today. it's a phrase he avoided yet when the investigation was still in flux. >> this is a cowardly act, given what we have learned, the defense department is calls it an act of terror. >> reporter: the president is scheduled to travel to boston on thursday and attend an interfaith service as police and other law enforcement remain on high alert. >>> the stories of those who died are coming to light. those killed include an 8-year- old, martin richards. he was a spectator at the race along with his parents, father and sister. also killed crystal campbell of arlington. she's being remembered for her generous spirit. crystal had been going to watch the marathon since she was a little girl. the third victim was a gradual student. she was from china. the consulate refused to release her name at the request of her family. crystal's mother struggled with her emotions as she remembered a woman who was full of life. >> she was always smiling. i can'
barack obama tested positive for the poisonous ricin. the u.s. secret service said the letter was intercepted as a white house mail screening facility on tuesday. press secretary jay carney says the president has been briefed on the letter and orders the investigation continue in the boston bombings first and say this is no indicated link between the letters and the bombings. >> the bombings in boston that killed and maimed people have his absolute focus. >> u.s. media say a suspicious letter was also found at the congressional office of republican senator richard shelby of alabama. and senator roger wickeras also targeted this week. >>> chinese warships patrolled disputes islands wednesday as part of an exercise. the senkaku islands are controlled by japan but claimed by china and taiwan. china's state-run media say the ships are part of their navy fleets, including a missile destroyer and a missile frigate. the vessels entered the waters on tuesday night and stayed until just before dawn the next day, after conducting drills in the western pacific. they practiced inspecting
are trying to understand why they carried out the attacks. president obama said this -- >> obviously, tonight there are many unanswered questions. among them, why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence? how did they plan and carry out these attacks? did they receive any help? >> to discuss the threat of harm, terrorists in the that is states, i'm joined by an international security analyst and former u.s. intelligence officer. he joins us from london. recording ofou a mother has been saying to the media. me that he told would be on the side of jihad. what ever they are talking about, he is a loser. my son would never do this. >> the mother said there that tamrqaln would never be on the side of jihad and would never do this. she says it is a set up. what you make of that? >> it is a mother defended her child. clearly, he was involved and clearly, he was not the man that his mother thought he was. we see this sort of response from parents time and time again when their children embrace terrorism. we seek -- we have seen it i
house, president obama pledged to hunt down those responsible. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this. we'll find out why they did this. any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: monday was patriots day in massachusetts, and the boston marathon is usually a day of celebration. for many, it will now be remembered as a day of shock, sorrow, and terror. boston will be back in business today except for this huge crime scene that extends behind me for about a mile, three blocks on either side, an area closed off to business owners and even residents who live in this area and savannah, we should note public transit passers have been warned there will be random searches on the "t" here of bags and other objects. >> lester in boston thank you so much. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams following overnight developments in the investigation. pete, good morning. it seems there is no clearer picture as to who may be behind this. >> i think that's certainly true although ther
: president obama has spoken to federal andand massachusetts officials in thehe aftermath of the blasts and he e is proposing that who whoever is responsible will be held accountable.acco in boston, jennifer davis, tonyn and sarah, back to you. >>> since security has heightened in a number of locations in a number of citiesi across the u.s. as a precautionc that includes the nation's natis capital. >> the city's emancipation day y parade will go on as scheduled.. melanie alnwick is live at freedom plaza with more on the e extra police presence, good pres morning melanie. >> reporter: good morning, tony and sarah, yes. freedom plaza right behind me is where the parade is going togoio wrap up, and there will be al ba street festival following the te parade. and yes, there's additional addi security here. a little wider perimeter, peri perhaps than they would have hae ordinarily had.had. notice that both security ask on display across the area from areas of the national airportnal all the way to the white house. the u.s. secret service has expanded its perimeter aroundmer the grounds of the whit
. >>> president obama made it clear today the bombings in boston are being investigated as an act of terrorism and the fbi was just as clear asking the public for help. joining me now also cnn national security analyst fran townsend, and tom fuentes. first of all, julia, what do you make of these photos the local affiliate had that show what looks like some sort of a from today, which is something that was wrapped in black and was delivered by a bag. and that sort of was the first hint they think the guy was here, the perpetrators were on-site and they dropped something. all of this seems consistent. on the other hand, it's too hard to tell, at least, from the two different slides we saw if, in fact, it was something behind the spectators and that piece sort of blew up with it. but that's the kind of information they need. what we're hearing is they have photos of say, here, and photos of here, but they don't have is right in the middle. do they have a picture of a guy dropping something or several people dropping something. that's why they're asking the public for the information and the medi
't running they wouldn't have been hurt. >> president obama is vowing those responsible for the bombing will feel the full weight of justice. and the commander-in-chief promised all federal resources at hand. >> i have also spoken with governor patrick and mayor menino and made it clear they have every single federal resource necessary to care for victims and counsel the families. an that all americans stand with the people of boston. >> the white house says the attack is being treated as an act of terrorism. >> in washington, lawmakers observed a moment of silence. moments after getting word about the boston explosions at the capitol, flags low lowered to half staff. house speaker boehner, said while this is a terrible day the american spirit will help us carry on. our coverage of the terror at the boston marathon does not end here. later this half-hour, the banner headlines from the newspapers worldwide, covering the developing story. stay with us us abc news and abc news.com all day long. >> to other major headlines we are following this morning the a plan to reform the nation's immi
like a war zone. >> president obama called the bombings an act of terror. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi's investigating it as an ability of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an ability ct of terror. >> new details about the horrif horrific act. here's what we know at the moment. the number of people killed stands at three. that includes an 8-year-old boy. >> police have just raised the number of people wounded. they now say 176 people were hurt in the blast, at least 17 are in critical condition but still no arrests and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> the fbi leading the investigation, authorities say they are following several leads. you are looking here at live pictures. we've got live pictures. there are of the crime scene, overlooking copley square in boston. >> investigators are combing through every inch. they are simply searching for clues, anything to bring attention to this. we've got an update on the investigation. this news conference happene
that is responsible for this. >> monday evening president obama advised people not to jump to conclusions. if we will say a prayer for the people in boston. me and michelle send our prayers in the wake of this senseless loss. >> the latest estimates is stating that is 154 injuries and three people killed. the new york stock exchange cassette aside time to honor the victims. >> and 3 killed including and 8 year-old boy who was watching his father run race. his mother and sister were seriously injured. 144 injured, 17 of them critical, at least eight of the wounded are children. the young this three years old. the blast occurred near the ground, many of the victims of lost their legs, or had serious leg injuries. no claim of responsibility has been reported. overnight a law enforcement officers have searched an apartment in boston to investigate whether or not this was the person who attacked. here is the new video of the search. some investigators were seen early this morning leaving the home in revere, mass.. caring brown paperbacks, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag. so far, investigators sai
that is the essence of that obama foreign policy sir al qaeda or the middle east and a reality on the ground that shows what the general is saying very clearly with the al qaeda of presents whether syria, yemen, north africa, it is growing and strengthening. how do we resolve policy and reality? >> first of all, the first lessons of solving the problem is recognized the we refuse to use the term radical islam they use violent extremist. but added the congressional hearing or any report issued this during government. lou: i have to interrupt we have just learned watertown police law enforcement are now sending of bomb disposal robot into the location of dzhokar tsarnaev who remains immobilized in the boat of the backyard and franklin street. they're sending in the bomb disposal robot and we will keep you apprised but that is the situation. >> and with the remote to robot it would seem they don't fear his condition is in such good condition to interfere with the robot? it seems to me that they think he may be really down but going back to the other issue they said there is no policy we don't e
a special visit from michelle obama. they released this photo. she brought little replicas of bo, the first dog, for aaron and his younger sister. he has now had all tubes removed and is able to sit up and talk. he was at the finish line waiting for his mother running the marathon when the bombs went off. >>> here in hayward, investigators are looking into a deadly crash involving a patrol car a male pedestrian and a female pedestrian were hit at mission boulevard and cherry way before 5:00 this morning. the man was killed while the woman was taken to the hospital. her condition is not known at this time. the coroner is headed to the scene. let's get a look at the traffic in that area and elsewhere with mike now. >>> good morning. because of that crash, we do have still the mission boulevard area closed. let me show you on the map. this is just south of 238 as you are coming through hayward. it is north of the hayward loop. mission boulevard is closed for two blocks between medford and blossom around cherry way. you are going to use foothill boulevard. know that will change things, speciall
surgery at four boston hospitals. meanwhile, president obama has left no question that the boston marathon bombing was an act of terrorism. the fbi is it evidence response team processing a scene along with the alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and state and local agencies looking for evidence and coming through the debris for any clues that might lead to the capture of those responsible for the carnage. >> this morning the fbi along with boston pd, massachusetts state police, and atf, officially began its forensic evans recovery effort at the site. their goal was to recover physical items related to the blast. those items have been recovered and are being sent to the fbi's laboratory in quantico, virginia lou: the fbi has confirmed there are no plans a responsibility and that the range of suspects and motives remains wide open. authorities are asking anyone with photographs or video near the scene of the explosions to take that evidence to the fbi for examination. the critically important part in the investigation focuses on the components used to make the two bombs and the device or devices us
have been charged with crimes, would not be eligible. >>> president obama will host south korea's newly elected first female president at the white house next month. they will observe the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the u.s. and south korea. also high on their agenda, efforts to counter the nuclear threat posed by north korea. >>> in venezuela, demand for a recount in the presidential election. ballots were ignored leading to an anti-government protest. the election results were certified. the winner by a razor thin margin less than one percentage point hand-picked by president late hugo chavez to carry on the separatist union. >>> following the boston bombings, scotland yard is beefing up the already extraordinary security measures they already put in place for margaret thatcher's funeral tomorrow. hundreds of military troops will be visible along the procession route through the streets of london. and with so many dignitaries that are expected to attend shortstops, including queen elizabeth and former prime minister, scotland yard is fine tuning its behind the scenes secu
if the older brother had terror training during a trip overseas last year. meanwhile, president obama has summoned his entire national security team to the white house and is tracking developments from the situation room. as we wait for this press conference, let's go live to nbc's michael isikoff reporting from the scene in watertown where he's been all day. michael, what's the status of the manhunt now and what can you tell us about these homemade bombs that have been recovered? >> reporter: well first of all, we expect to get the briefing of the status any moment now and there are indications that at least some of the information that was given out by police earlier today about the timeline events is going to be revised and we're going to be learning that there may have been some inaccurate information, at least about the origins of this. but we're waiting to hear that and we'll get -- we should get confirmation shortly. but what we have been told -- >> we're seeing some people getting out of the cars now, michael. so we may be near the press conference time. but go ahead. >> right. ri
and stephen flynn has been anned a vief to barack obama and george w. bush. jessica stern served 0 president clinton's national security council staff and is now at the harvard school of public health and bret stevens won a pulitzer prize for thiz excellent columns in the "wall street journal." thank you all. >> when you watched the response to what happened in boston, what were your thoughts in terms of our ability to handle these kinds of attacks. >> it was impressive and it drove home a core realism about the nature of dealing with terrorism attack when they manifest themselves. it is the bystanders, neighbors, supported by local fire department, police, emergency management folks and there's little question that americans took solace in the competence and compassion and the selflessness of people's response and that's an important message when we deal with this threat that we can handle it and bounce back quickly. that's also something that happened. i teach at northeast university. just a mile from where the attacks went off in copley square near the finish line. what was extraordinary
agreement. >> reporter: gonzalez suspects what may be happening now is in the obama administration is a quote, interagency scrum where some are pushing for a quick mirandizing. others may be advocating a delay so as much information as possible can be garnered, martha. martha: no doubt there is big discussion going on either way. the older brothers trip to chechnya in 2011 is getting a lot of attention. what can we learn about that, doug? >> reporter: we learned a bait of new information about that when the fbi tried to trace the elder tsnaraev's trip to russia and chechnya, the trail went cold for the most mundane much reasons. listen up. >> he went over to russia butp a parently when he got on the aeroflot plane, they misspelled his name so it never went into the system that he actually went to russia. >> reporter: others suggested they got all the radical indock operation -- indoctrination around the block from their boston home. >> you can point to radical imams here and there they put on their facebook pages. you about the fact they lived a few blocks away from a very controve
, president obama's has the power to go to united nations again, tomorrow. he has -- president clinton. given the recognition which was a vote of 100, 120 something, 149. i think that would be difficult may be defined those nine next hundred and people know that. you may find four or five but you won't find the nine. so given that, he is restrained from doing that. that is designed of good faith at this moment, too. he would like to see if we could get this process moving. so everybody needs to kind of not react normal sort of tit-for-tat, stereotypical way. give peace a chance and by providing the opening here for the politics and diplomacy to work. that's what both sides need to do. that's what i believe both sides are prepared to do, and the proof will be in the pudding. >> we go now to mr. khan of arkansas. >> mr. secretary, thank you for your time today. thank you for your service to our country. including your service as a young men in uniform in the non. >> thank you. >> the united nations recently approved united arms treaty article v of the treaty requires nations to great a national
the full weight of justice. jon: president obama on the air just hours after the twin explosions in boston to reassure the nation. he also called the governor of massachusetts and the mayor of boston to offer support making it clear that his administration is mobilizing its full resources to help in the investigation and provide security as well. more on the white house response, let's bring in david drucker, senior editor at roll call. david, we are going to be hearing from this president in just about 20 minutes. the white house has scheduled some kind of a statement from the president at 11:30 eastern time. we don't know obviously what he will say, perhaps more of the kind of thing we heard yesterday. a president has to wear many hats, has to shoulder a lot of responsibilities, but being the leader of an emotional and frazzled nation at a time like this has to be among the most weighty. how is he doing? >> i think he's doing pretty good. the president hasn't always hit the mark in situations like this. near incidents that didn't happen. this time i thought he hit it perfectly. he showed
today president obama consoled the nation at an interfaith service if boston's cathedral of the holy cross. >> our prayers are with the injured. so many wounded, some gravely. from their beds, some are surely watching us gather here today. and if you are, know this, as you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with you. your commonwealth is with you. your country is with you. we will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and yes, run again, of that i have no doubt. you will run again. (applause) >> rose: a little after 5 p.m. this evening at a press conference the fbi released images and surveillance video of two potential suspects. the picture showed two young men carrying backpacks near the sites of the explosion. fbi special agent richard deslauriers asked for the public's help to identify the suspects. >> after a detailed analysis of photo video and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects, identified as suspect one and suspect two. they appeared to be associated. suspect one is wearing a dark hat. suspect two is wearing a white hat. susp
the person is from the front and if he might be relative. >> president obama vowed to find those responsible for the bombing. >> any responsible individuals, responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. >> reporter: white house officials say they are treating the bombings as an act of terrorism. and the fbi is is appealing to marathon spectators, anybody that may have planted themselves at the finish line may have taken video, any audio or field pictures, the fbi wants to see those to unveil any evidence and clues to help them figure this out. in boston, susan mcginnis back to you. >> thank you for the live report. we are getting a sense of the scrambling that went on with boston law enforcement after the blast. here's a listen. >> this is an emergency, i need officers. >> you need to stay off the air. you need to stay off the air. make your way over there. off the air and make your way over there. >> besides the two bombs that went off, at least one other device was reported in the area and was safety disarmed. another device turned out not to be a bomb after all. a man was take
't president obama let them? but the president's transportation department head says there was no other choice. >> we cut contracts, we eliminated temporary employees, we looked everywhere possible to avoid the kind of furloughs that are now taking place. >> reporter: he puts the blame on congress for agreeing to automatic, across the board budget cuts. >> now it's up to congress to look at a very dumb way of budgeting and change it. critics point to other areas of the faa they say could be cut instead of air traffic controllers, for example, a three billion airport improvement fund that so far hasn't been touched by the budget cs. char >>> much of the midwest is expecting rain today. that means more trouble for cities and towns along the mississippi river. they face serious flooding when the big river crests later this week. other areas underwater right now. dean reynolds in peoria illinois. the river is reaching a record high crest. >> good morning, charlie and norah. you can see peoria bracing for bad news. sandbags up along the illinois river and to the west
today and is mourning the death of one of its police officers. we can also tell you president obama was briefed overnight. on the series of events by lisa moniker, assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism. again, going back importantly to the details, what we do know about these suspects, which we can tell you from our very own pete williams is that they are in their early 20s, they've been in the u.s. about a year, and they have some military experience. that's all we feel comfortable reporting at this point. so, again, massachusetts institute of technology classes are canceled. the mbta transit service, which serves the greater boston area, including of course a lot of major financial firms is shut down on this friday. markets, though, shrugging it off or i should say not seeing any broad fallout. we're seeing a rally shape up in u.s. futures. we're seeing rallies across global markets. sovereign debt is performing well. here is a look at the latest on the dow, the nasdaq and the s&p. hire is a look, as well, as european markets. u.s. "squawk box" will be picking up th
week. >> one of the tensest weeks of the obama presidency, you had the bombing in massachusetts, at the boston marathon, and then not long after we were trying to grasp that, you had the ricin letters, one addressed to the president of the united states and another one addressed to senator roger wicker on capitol hill. ricin poisonous, that was entirely unconnected. of course, the explosion at the fertilizer plant outside of waco, texas, an extraordinary week. as it's unfolding you don't know if the events are connected or not. a very tense week. by the way, a thoroughly packed week politically. the president's big initiative on gun violence went down on capitol hill. >> let's get to pierre thomas, right now, our chief justice correspondent, we're learning a lot more about the suspects right now, pierre, and one of the points you have been making this morning is the way they handled themselves in the firefight suggests some kind of par military training. >> george, let's re-create what we think happened, firefight, they were throwing grenades or explosives out the car. the suspe
, president obama is currently being briefed by nestle security officials and by the fbi. we had a stand that the president was kept informed of what was going on throughout the night. he was briefed repeatedly, undergoing another briefing as speak. you're looking in the left-hand side of your screen, that is a small house in, i think it is montgomery village and maryland. that is a house that is occupied by the two terrorists uncle. it was the uncle who was telling the media, speaking to the media earlier that these two people had been in america for ten years. they came here originally as boxers in some kind of sporting capacity. they have been nearly 14 years. last word to you, mr. o'toole. you think this is personal, not international politics. that is respect this in? >> is not my speculation. as simply have to consider that as a possibility because of the fact pattern of this case. stuart: all right. thank you very much for joining us. we welcome your input. two parallel stories. money and terrorism. back in a moment. everybody has different investment objectives, ideas, goals, app
in the obama administration. this is a military procedure in terms of the trial of this gentleman and i want to make sure the record is clear, even though the gentleman is a great member and has every right to question that is not something the department of justice's handling. >> i appreciate that. the only reason i bring it up is because mr. mchugh set in this interview that i'm not attorney and i don't buy the end, there were told the purple heartwarwon the ability to conct a fair trial.thansw by the secretary of themmpies the justice rtnthte no, we as i know come in the decision is to not influence in any way anything the justice department said, but i would look at that to the extent that had interaction with the defense department relay that to you. i think what congressman fattah has said is correct. this is a military investigation were not involved in making purple heart determinations. i'm just not aware of it. >> mr. rooney is accurate. mr. mchugh is that i'm not an attorney and i don't in the justice department. i think he's right before they did anything, they went to the justi
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